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lewis, also the first woman to be executed in virginia, convicted of plotting the murder of her husband and stepson for insurance money. she died by way of lethal injection, speaking her final words to her daughter, saying i want kathy to know i love her and i'm very sorry, end quote. protestors outside the prison argued lewis was treated unfairly in that case. martha: right now, we are awaiting a major hearing on the voter intimidation case that involves the new black panther party. one of the key government players in this controversy is about to give his side of this story. steve centanni is live at the u.s. commission on civil rights in washington. steve, bring us up to date on where this case stands now and who we expect to hear from today. >> reporter: we expect to hear from two lawyers in the justice department, both of whom recommended going ahead with prosecution of this case. now, let me take you back to 2008, the election day, the presidential election, ale pooing place in philadelphia, where three new black panther party members were standing outside, wearing black paramilit
't want to purchase. when the same lawsuit was filed in virginia, by the attorney general of virginia, ken keusch cuccinelli, that's been on your show, a federal judge in virginia appointed by a democratic president said when the government tried to dismiss the case, you know what, the attorney general of virginia is right, congress has never done this before, she have a -- they have a very strong argument to say it doesn't have this power, i'm not going to dismiss the indicate -- the case. so the passer in florida, a lawsuit, joined by 19 other states, the federal government doesn't reply with an answer, it replies with an appeal to dismiss the lawsuit so, the judge will only dismiss the lawsuit if there's no legal basis for it whatsoever. there is. martha: will it be let's move on to the next step? >> correct. the next step will then be a legal analysis of the history of the commerce clause and whether the constitution was written to give congress this kind of power. for example, suppose the congress declares that the sun causes skin cancer. that would be a reasonable statement to make.
virginia beach, up towards washington. this is a triple threat. not only are we going to get heavy rain, we're going to get high winds and the threat for foreign aidoes, the tornado watch in effect for tarts of the mid atlantic towards the northeast, d.c., parts of new jersey, tornado watch for you until 1:00 p.m. local time. they will probably extend that watch throughout the afternoon up towards the northeast. it is going to be a mess, it's going to be hard to get home today. if you have a flight, be prepared to either wait in the terminal or take -- make a lot of phone calls to see if your flight is delayed or canceled. martha, back to you. martha: from new jersey, that is something you don't hear of every day. janice, thank you very much. this nasty weather is making it tough to get around. thanks. there's a mess in the air and on the rails, up and down the east coast. what better to do in this situation? i say go live on the plaza in the pouring rain. peter, how is it out there? >> reporter: calm before the storm. but all that rain is already causing tons of problems for people up and
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that will be very interesting to watch as well, we know what happened in virginia and new jersey, and we'll see what happens in the gubernatorial races. bill: also from nevada, speaking of that, a senate majority leader, harry reid is in the fights of his life, facing republican candidates, and, the tea party favorite, sharron angle in that race, and, at this point, a virtual tie, and, most of the polling, the latest rasmussen report, statewide telephone survey, of likely voters, now, does it get any closer? 45-45% each and anita vogel is live from las vegas today, a lot of folks wonder can harry reid survive, he's been on the stump saying, i sure can. what is happening? good morning there. >> reporter: good morning, bill, well, certainly, it is a tight race and about the most watched in the country. and i had a chance to sit down and chat with senator reid about the issue, and he certainly is very vocal in calling his opponent too extreme for nevada when it comes to things like the desire to transition out of social security, and into a more privatized system and also, the desire to reduce certain
they'll have a roundtable at a lumber company, outside of washington here in virginia and they'll have small business owners who sit at the table, the man who owns the lumber yeard, his wife, an attorney and, a salesman and, someone in software development, and here's points we know they'll hit on in the so-called governing document, they'll roll out, job creation, at this top of everybody is a list and republicans will outline what they propose to make it happen and also something they have been fighting for, extending the bush tax cuts, for everyone, across the board, all income levels and, also, something we hear they may include, a 72-hour mandatory reading period, for bills that are put together, have to get posted and members have to have a chance to read them before they get to the floor for a vote, 20 items in all, we'll have details tomorrow morning. martha. martha: three days may not be wrong enough to read the bills we have seen coming through the past year, so, democrats haven't really seen this yet but how -- are they responding to what they have heard so far. >> reporter:
in northern virginia which seems obvious there, speak to small business, find out what you need, find out how you can help them. what i have not seen and what i've read so far is appealing to social issues. have they been sidelined in 2010? >> they've not been sidelined. social issues are always important in the political process. i think it's safe to say when you ask voters today, top of mind response, what's the most pressing issue facing the country today, they'll say jobs and the economy, probably followed closely by debt and excessive federal spending. but i think one of the things that's been clear from this document, from what we've seen of it, and it's not all out there obviously, but from what i understand, that the focus will be on jobs, economy, national issues, and it's not a full two-year governing document, it's to say here's what we're going to do when we first get control because these are priorities, and i think you have to prioritize the most important function for the majority is scheduling on the floor of the house what bills you're going to bring and what republicans are
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